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The iPad & the SLP in 2020 and Beyond: Interactive PDF Resource List of iOS apps, Boom Cards, Teachers Pay Teachers materials, Teletherapy Resources and Online Resources – organized by goal areas, themes and topics (updated 1-14-21)

 

The iPad and the SLP in 2020 and Beyond - a new free interactive resource from OMazing Kids

Happy Cyber Monday! We are all using technology now more than ever in 2020. There has been a significant increase in Speech Language Pathologists and parents asking for app recommendations in the midst of this pandemic since so many are doing distance learning and teletherapy.

 

So I spent the past 8 months creating this FREE resource to help fellow SLPs and parents. 

A big shift has taken place in the iOS App Store kids and therapeutic app market since I posted my original big app list on 12/31/16 (https://bit.ly/3js1CA7). Many of those apps are no longer available for purchase and some have totally disappeared. I chose to leave that post up as a time capsule of the apps that existed then plus it’s helpful to have the names for older apps when you want to find an app in your “Purchased” area in the App Store. 

This is a fresh resource list with items that were all verified as being available and links verified as working at the time they were added over the past 8 months.

 

An iPad is only as good as the apps that you load on it. Think of the iPad as being the toolbox & the apps within it as tools. Many high quality apps specifically designed by SLPs for SLPs allow you to do in-app data collection, look at data over time, e-mail reports, and swipe through stimulus cards rapidly which allows you to get in more reps. Plus many kids are highly motivated by anything presented on an iPad. Having most of the major robust AAC apps at my fingertips to try at any moment was life changing for many of my patients.

Don’t have an iPad? No worries…. there are tons of things besides apps included on this resource list: Boom Cards, Teachers Pay Teachers materials, online games, green screen resources, tips for screen mirroring, document cameras, etc… In the Articulation section I included info about Android versions of apps. If you are a pediatric SLP or a parent of a child with special needs, I promise you’ll find something on this list that you’ll love!  I provided services for kids, teens and young adults (birth – 21 years of age) for 28 years so I have a vast and varied collection of apps and other materials and resources targeting almost every goal and theme you can think of. 

This is a “vetted” list with a mix of paid and free items. With very rare exceptions, I only share info about apps and resources that I have actually downloaded and tried and only post about those that I see as being either helpful in therapy, classroom or to parents of kids with special needs. There are thousands of apps in the App Store and thousands of other resources so it can be difficult to find ones to best meet our needs as SLPs.

The interactive PDF is not intended to be printed due the number of pages (currently 253 pages), number of links and since it will be periodically updated. It will be most useful to save the PDF in the Books/iBooks app on your iPad and iPhone where you can tap on links to apps and resources and hyperlinks within the Table of Contents to jump to that section, zoom in and scroll. It should work in the same way on Google PDF Viewer for those wanting to view it on an Android tablet or phone. It can also be viewed and used in Adobe Acrobat or other PDF Reader software on a computer.

Other Important Info: None of the links in this document are “affiliate” links and nobody “paid” to have their apps, resources or products included. I am providing this as a FREE unbiased resource from OMazing Kids. That integrity is more important to me than any potential money I might have been able to make by selling this as a resource on Teachers Pay Teachers or on my blog. I may venture into creating Boom Cards and TPT materials in the future but at this point everything that I have created remains free on my blog.

 

Want to suggest an app or resource to be added to this list? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page.

  • If it’s a free iOS app, please send the link from the USA App Store so I can try it out.
  • If it’s a paid iOS app and you are the app developer, please send the link from the USA App Store so I can look at the info before you send a promo code. I want to make sure that one of my iPads or iPhone is compatible in order to try it out.
  • If it’s another type of resource that’s free, please send the link so I can try it out.
  • If it’s another type of paid resource, please send the link so I can take a look at the info before sending me a free copy.

Found a broken link or an app or resources that is no longer available? I anticipate that there may be apps and resources that have disappeared over the 8 month timeframe that I worked on this document so please let me know if that happened or if you notice that any have disappeared in the future. The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page.

 

I plan on periodically updating the this list so it’s best to “bookmark” and share the link to this blog post since the link to the PDF will change when it’s updated. I will update the date on a revised PDF and will indicate the date it was updated in the blog post. You’ll then need to delete the old copy from the Books/iBooks app on your iPad and save the newest version.

Video Demo of this Interactive PDF:

Click here to get the PDF (UPDATED: 1/14/21, deleted original PDF and uploaded new one):

 

The linked Table of Contents is on Page 4. Tap on a link to jump directly to any of the 192 sections. The document is also searchable.

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Want to find out when I do new posts about high quality apps and resources that are are either free or a great deal that day and highlights on more expensive apps that are particularly helpful and well worth the price?

I invite you to join me on my OMazing Kids social media sites. I post the most frequently on my Facebook page and in the AppPeeps group. For particularly great finds, I cross post on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest to help spread the word. Be sure to “like”, “follow” and “join” and adjust your notification settings. I can’t pay to promote posts since I don’t generate any revenue off of the sites.

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I hope you find this resource helpful in your work as an SLP or as a parent of a child with special needs. Working on compiling it was a labor of love and was something positive for me to focus on in the midst of the COVID-19 / coronavirus pandemic and other craziness of 2020. I’m SO incredibly grateful to be retired and have the time to help others through the sharing of resources, prayers, helping elderly relatives get groceries/supplies, etc… I have all my fellow SLPs in my prayers for God’s safety and provision. I also have all the families of kids with special needs in my prayers that God would give you the wisdom and peace needed to help you help your child/children during this incredibly stressful time 🙏🏼

 

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC
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Terms of Use: You may not copy any part of this document (including the content, layout, format, ideas or design) and reproduce it or distribute it as your own work. Please do not copy/paste this info onto other blogs or save this PDF in any online groups or files. Please do not share the direct link to the PDF (that link will not work when I do updates, delete the old file and upload a new one). I spent the past 8 months working on this document so I appreciate you sharing the blog post or a post that I’ve done on social media. This original document was the sole idea and creation of Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP at OMazing Kids, LLC, all rights reserved. © 2021 and beyond

 

1.. 2.. 3.. Easy Steps to Getting started with Boom Cards

1.. 2.. 3.. Easy Steps to Getting started with Boom Cards

 

1. Sign up for the free Starter account: https://wow.boomlearning.com

 

2. Install the free app on your device:

* iOS: Boom Cards by Omega Labs, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/boom-cards/id1041141473, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, FREE).

* Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cards.boom.boom

* Kindle Fire: https://www.amazon.com/Boom-Learning-Cards/dp/B01M8M6OFF/

* Or can be used online via your computer

 

3. Find Boom Decks:

 * Start by searching through their store for Boom Card decks. There are lots of free ones. Every Friday you can search by “flashfridayfreebie” and find several (https://wow.boomlearning.com/search?collection=Decks&keyword=flashfridayfreebie&sort=publishDate&order=-1). But you can find others just by looking through the store. It’s kind of like Teachers Pay Teachers in that many of the creators have at least one free item. The “paid” ones are on a point system.

* Many of the sellers over on TPT also have Boom Cards there (https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:BOOM%20cards/PreK-12-Subject-Area/Speech-Therapy/Order:Price-Asc). When you download one there it will contain a link to unlock the deck over on the Boom Learning site.

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More info: 

This video is free on TPT and is a helpful quick overview: Crash Course: Getting Started with Using Boom Cards™ Speech Therapy (https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Crash-Course-Getting-Started-with-Using-Boom-Cards-Speech-Therapy-4856795, also on YouTube: https://youtu.be/csZ4Ibkivek)

This handout is free on TPT and looks helpful to send to parents: Free BOOM Cards Letter to Send Home for Virtual Distance Learning (https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Free-BOOM-Cards-Letter-to-Send-Home-for-Virtual-Distance-Learning-5841401)

The Boom Learning YouTube channel also has helpful info: https://www.youtube.com/c/boomlearning and their Help Center: https://boomlearning.freshdesk.com/support/home

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I haven’t tried creating my own Boom Card decks yet so I don’t know how easy it is… I just recently started looking at them to see what all the buzz was about. If you’ve followed my blog page or social media sites for many years and have used lots of apps, Boom Cards seem to be the fad right now (like when apps first came out). But even the best Boom Card decks that I’ve seen aren’t anywhere near the quality of a well designed app. However I can see the appeal of the fast pin and data tracking features for those doing distance learning / teletherapy in the midst of the pandemic.

It will be interesting to see how sustainable Boom Cards will be since most of the folks are looking for free decks.

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC
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Over 100 Free & Affordable Apps + Boom Cards to Target AAC Core Vocabulary – list compiled by Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, OMazing Kids

Over 100 Free & Affordable Apps + Boom Cards to Target AAC Core Vocabulary

The main thing I look for when searching for apps to use for targeting core vocabulary for AAC users are open-ended play, book or sticker apps that are intuitive, have large engaging graphics, are ad-free, have the option to toggle off any background music or it is very subtle (not over stimulating) while still leaving on any sound effects or voiceovers and any outside links are well hidden behind a parental gate. You can use these apps to target the same core vocabulary that you would with a “real” toy or activity. Think of it as the “virtual” version of that. Lock the “play” iPad into the app that you have selected by enabling Guided Access. If the child is using an iPad as their “talker”, then it is also locked into their AAC app via Guided Access.

  • Prices, availability & device/iOS compatibility were all checked in the USA App Store and website links were all working at the time this post was written (5:00pm CST on 7/22/20). Prices may vary outside the USA based on the exchange rate.
  • Some of these apps may not be available for download on your device if you are not running the minimum required iOS.
  • Many of these apps are “iOS Universal”. Those can be used on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.
  • Some apps have IAPs (in-app purchases) for additional items. So after you have installed those apps and purchased anything that you wanted be sure to adjust the settings on your iPad to prevent unintended purchases.
  • All of the apps on this list were priced at $3.99 or less at the time of this post… and a lot of them are FREE:

FREE: 50 apps

$.99: 7 apps

$1.99: 13 apps

$2.99: 27 apps

$3.99: 30 apps

  1. A Place to Grow by Bloom & Grow, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/a-place-to-grow/id626772262, iOS Universal, iOS 9.1 or later, currently FREE
  2. Animal Captain by Italic ApS, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/animal-captain/id968005663, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, FREE. More info: http://animalcaptain.net
  3. Artie’s Magic Pencil by Minilab Ltd, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/arties-magic-pencil/id1132630378, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $2.99 (fun to target the core word “make” and pair with the book “Harold and the Purple Crayon” (for those with free access… it is available on Epic – Kids’ Books and Videos by Epic Creations, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/epic-kids-books-and-videos/id719219382). Another similar app: DogBiscuit – A drawing book for fingerpainting by Tivola Publishing GmbH, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dogbiscuit-a-drawing-book-for-fingerpainting/id1048926410, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $2.99)
  4. Avokiddo Emotions by AVOKIDDO, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/avokiddo-emotions/id661758013, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99
  5. BakingFun for Kids by Jaroslav Ozevic, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bakingfun-for-kids/id711666913, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99 (free printable core vocab mini book that I made to go with the app: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2014/08/25/core-vocabulary-app-of-the-week-free-printable-booklet-baking-fun-by-kujifun/)
  6. Balloonimals by IDEO, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/balloonimals/id307459878, iOS Universal, iOS 11.0 or later (can use on older iOS if previously purchased it), $1.99 & Balloonimal Babies, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/balloonimal-babies/id840455174, iOS Universal, iOS 11.0 or later (can use on older iOS if previously purchased it), $1.99
  7. Bamba apps (faves are Bamba Ice-Cream, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bamba-ice-cream/id536449670, iPad only, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE; Bamba Wonderland, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bamba-wonderland/id1113941087, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE; Bamba Pizza, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bamba-pizza/id529035121, iPad only, iOS 5.1 or later, $.99)
  8. Cars in gift box by Thematica – educational and fun apps for kids, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/cars-in-gift-box/id741267930, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, FREE
  9. Chicco App Toys Blocks by Artsana S.p.A., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/chicco-app-toys-blocks/id979861753, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, FREE
  10. City Cars Adventures by BUBL by Apps4kids games, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/city-cars-adventures-by-bubl/id972003056, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $2.99
  11. Comomola apps (faves are… Comomola Pirates, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/comomola-pirates/id1087920915, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE & Comomola Far West Train, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/comomola-far-west-train/id1209680507, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE)
  12. Crayola Nail Party – A Nail Salon Experience by Budge Studios, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/crayola-nail-party-a-nail-salon-experience/id888695363, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, FREE with IAP to unlock full version
  13. Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets by Crayola, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/crayola-scribble-scrubbie-pets/id1475682282, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE
  14. Dance On: The next best thing to real dancing! by Brian Smith, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dance-on-the-next-best-thing-to-real-dancing/id1191742192, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE
  15. Dino Olympics by Polished Play by Polished Play, LLC
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dino-olympics-by-polished-play/id1331659824, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, FREE
  16. Dino-Store by Bluemarker, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dino-store/id585701049, iOS Universal, iOS 6.1 or later, FREE
  17. Dr. Panda apps (several great ones… my faves are: Dr. Panda Bus Driver, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dr-panda-bus-driver/id741224931, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $3.99; Dr. Panda’s Carnival, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dr-pandas-carnival/id1001059684, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $3.99; Dr. Panda Bath Time, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dr-panda-bath-time/id1104191752, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $3.99 (see this blog post for free printable symbols that I made for this app: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/09/09/app-review-dr-panda-bath-time/); Dr. Panda Daycare, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dr-panda-daycare/id575812869, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $3.99; Dr. Panda Swimming Pool, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dr-panda-swimming-pool/id916130071, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, $3.99; Dr. Panda’s Ice Cream Truck, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dr-pandas-ice-cream-truck/id950593464, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $3.99; Dr. Panda Ice Cream Truck 2, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dr-panda-ice-cream-truck-2/id1495748357, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, currently FREE)
  18. Dr. PetPlay by Brent Engels, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dr-petplay/id735856889, iPad only, iOS 8.0 or later, $1.99
  19. Duck Duck Moose apps (several faves…. Draw and Tell HD, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/draw-and-tell-hd/id504752087, iPad only, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE; Build A Truck, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/build-a-truck/id734640915, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE; Princess Fairy Tale Maker, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/princess-fairy-tale-maker/id527336678, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE; Superhero Comic Book Maker HD, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/superhero-comic-book-maker-hd/id547117153, iPad only, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE; Wheels on the Bus HD, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/wheels-on-the-bus-hd/id371962250, iPad only, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE)
  20. Dylan’s Awesome Cars by Gearley, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dylans-awesome-cars/id900265775, iPhone app, can be used on iPad in 2x mode, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE
  21. Easy Car Wash for Kids by Uriel Cebreros https://apps.apple.com/us/app/easy-car-wash-for-kids/id1353174264, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, FREE
  22. Eat Bird Eat by Hamba Studio Ltd., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/eat-bird-eat/id1505275863, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE. Simple tapping game. Avoid the rocks and bombs. The rocks make the bird’s belly shrink and the bombs make it fall over. Reminds me a little of avoiding bombs in Fruit Ninja. The goal is to make the bird eat until it’s full. Each round is short, nice vivid colors and there isn’t any background music or sounds. Would be fun to target Core Vocabulary (eat, go, stop, big, my turn, wait, fast, slow, etc…).
  23. Filimundus apps (several faves… My Little Work – Garage, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/my-little-work-garage/id720288164, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $3.99; Animal Fun Park Family Version, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/animal-fun-park-family-version/id1218307760, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $3.99; BRIO World – Railway, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/brio-world-railway/id1064517589, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99)
  24. Firecracker Simulator by Surojit Roy, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/firecracker-simulator/id1513142120, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, FREE
  25. Fish chase interactive storybook by madebyeducators, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fish-chase-interactive-storybook/id837325344, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $2.99
  26. Fox and Sheep apps (several faves: Little Fox Animal Doctor, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/little-fox-animal-doctor/id1036517151, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $3.99; Little Builders for Kids, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/little-builders-for-kids/id875242534, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, $3.99; Little Friends Dance Studio AR, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/little-friends-dance-studio-ar/id1218897499, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, $3.99)
  27. Fuzzy House by Fuzzy House Aps, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fuzzy-house/id1097808457, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $2.99
  28. Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Night & Day Studios, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/go-away-big-green-monster/id470037065, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $3.99
  29. Here Kitty! by Impending, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/here-kitty/id1450776581, iOS Universal (but the snoring big white kitty is only available on the iPad), iOS 11.0 or later, FREE
  30. iMake Giant Gummies- Gummy Food Games for Kids by Cubic Frog Apps, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/imake-giant-gummies-gummy-food-games-for-kids/id592057489, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $2.99
  31. Kapu Toys apps (faves are Kapu Fishing, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kapu-fishing/id934880282, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $1.99 & Kapu Blocks, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kapu-blocks/id765717687, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $1.99)
  32. Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats by RocketWagon, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kalleys-machine-plus-cats/id905722643, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $.99
  33. Khan Academy Kids by Khan Academy, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/khan-academy-kids/id1378467217, iOS Universal, iOS 9.3 or later, FREE
  34. Kids build & crash blocks game by Droplace, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kids-build-crash-blocks-game/id1254357057, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, FREE
  35. KlangDings – House of Music by doDings GbR, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/klangdings-house-of-music/id1032756232, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99
  36. Labo Car Designer (3+) by Labo Lado Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/labo-car-designer-3/id889855047, iPad only, iOS 6.0 or later, $.99
  37. Learn & Play by Fisher-Price by Homer
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/learn-play-by-fisher-price/id415894286
  38. LEGO® DUPLO® Connected Train by LEGO, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/lego-duplo-connected-train/id1321310653, iOS Universal, iOS 9.3 or later, FREE
  39. LEGO® DUPLO® WORLD by StoryToys Entertainment Limited, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/lego-duplo-world/id1458749093, iOS Universal, iOS 9.3.5 or later, FREE (includes the Number Train & Creative Building areas, has several IAPs for additional content but enough free content is included and is well designed)
  40. Leo the Truck and Cars Game by Project First, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/leo-the-truck-and-cars-game/id1329183062, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE with IAP for additional content
  41. MarcoPolo Ocean by MarcoPolo Learning, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/marcopolo-ocean/id797157312, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, FREE
  42. Make it go BOOM by Appsters AB,
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/make-it-go-boom/id1169117844, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE
  43. MIXIMAL by YATATOY
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/miximal/id829623705, iOS Universal, iOS 6.1 or later, $1.99
  44. MyMemo – Kids Matching Game by App Family AB, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mymemo-kids-matching-game/id1039357953, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99 (see this post for download codes for several core vocabulary card decks that I made and shared: https://www.facebook.com/174264525957894/posts/3051268928257425/?vh=e&d=n)
  45. My PlayHome by PlayHome Software Ltd, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/my-playhome/id439628153, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $3.99 (all of the apps by this app developer are great: My PlayHome Hospital, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/my-playhome-hospital/id1095280287, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99; My PlayHome School, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/my-playhome-school/id922188121, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99; My PlayHome Stores, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/my-playhome-stores/id683942610, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99; and the brand new My PlayHome Plus, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/my-playhome-plus/id1489812608, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE includes the original house and has IAPs for other areas – see this post for important tips on how to get access to areas within that app if already own the other apps: https://www.facebook.com/174264525957894/posts/3245080212209628/)
  46. Mulle Meck’s cars — a construction set for kids by Piu-Piu, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mulle-mecks-cars-a-construction-set-for-kids/id1133207599, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99
  47. Nampa Tivoli by Nampa Design AB
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/nampa-tivoli/id1050775269, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $1.99
  48. Peekaboo Barn by Night & Day Studios, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/peekaboo-barn/id300590611, iOS Universal, iOS 5.1.1 or later, $1.99
  49. Peek-a-Zoo Underwater by Jenny Talavera, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/peek-a-zoo-underwater/id541193144, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $3.99 (also: Peek-a-Zoo: Play Peekaboo Zoo, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/peek-a-zoo-play-peekaboo-zoo/id471531262, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $3.99; Peek-a-Zoo Farm, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/peek-a-zoo-farm-for-toddlers/id738126623, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $3.99; Peek-a-Zoo Train, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/peek-a-zoo-train/id653327324, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $3.99)
  50. Pepi Play apps (several faves…. Pepi Garage, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pepi-garage/id1024617728, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE; Pepi Bath, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pepi-bath/id505124220, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $1.99; Pepi Ride, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pepi-ride/id935224319, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99; Pepi Super Stores, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pepi-super-stores/id1198599796, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $2.99; Pepi Doctor, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pepi-doctor/id733788136, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $1.99)
  51. Peppa Pig™: Theme Park by Entertainment One, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/peppa-pig-theme-park/id1060102144, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $2.99
  52. PlayToddlers apps (several faves: Sweet Home Stories (Full), https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sweet-home-stories-full/id1201347351, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $2.99; Happy Daycare Stories (Full), https://apps.apple.com/us/app/happy-daycare-stories-full/id1132198474, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $2.99; Daily Shopping Stories (Full), https://apps.apple.com/us/app/daily-shopping-stories-full/id1259820579, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $2.99)
  53. Pogg – kids game for language by Ricky Vuckovic, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pogg-kids-game-for-language/id330964517, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $.99
  54. Rivet: Better Reading Practice by Area 120 by Google, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/rivet-better-reading-practice/id1405632917, iOS Universal, iOS 11 or later (can use on older iOS if previously purchased it), FREE. Lots of great early readers with opportunities to target Core Vocabulary. I love that you can tap on a word to see a simple definition & record yourself saying the word. The speech recognition capabilities appear to be accurate so SLPs will enjoy trying it out. More advanced readers are available and books are available in English & Spanish. I also like that it saves books to “read again” and you can tap a star to save a book to your “favorites”. I’m finding this app much easier to search, navigate and use than Epic…. and it’s always FREE. See more info: https://rivet.area120.com. Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.area120.studybuddy.sagaflutter, Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07V7GYNCK. They are also working on a web-based version but it is still in beta… not full featured yet and crashed several times when I tried to use it in Safari on my iPad. So I’d stick with the app.
  55. Sago Mini apps (lots of great apps…. here are some of my faves: Sago Mini Sound Box, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sago-mini-sound-box/id640709006, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $3.99; Sago Mini Babies Dress Up, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sago-mini-babies-dress-up/id1132213599, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, currently FREE; Sago Mini Road Trip, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sago-mini-road-trip/id871230822, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $3.99; Sago Mini Friends, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sago-mini-friends/id1245748156, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $3.99; Sago Mini Babies, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sago-mini-babies/id994673739, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $3.99; Sago Mini Camping, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sago-mini-camping/id1496657805, iOS 9.0 or later, $3.99 as IAP (the app appears to be free but on the opening screen you either choose to purchase it via IAP or if you subscribe to their Sago Mini World it is included)
  56. Sharing with Duckie Deck by Duckie Deck Development, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sharing-with-duckie-deck/id574861323, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $2.99
  57. Shoe the Goose apps (faves are… Monster Truck Doodle, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/monster-truck-doodle/id794631371, iOS Universal, iOS 13.0 or later, $.99; Cookie Doodle, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/cookie-doodle/id342128086, iOS Universal, iOS 13.0 or later, $.99 – both can be used on older iOS if previously purchased it)
  58. Spark Speech – Core Verbs by Jesse Emling
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/spark-speech-core-verbs/id1534629064, iPad only, iOS 12 or later, $1.99 (9 mini books targeting the following verbs: go, stop, turn, push, pull, make, open, close, play; there are no voiceovers)
  59. Super Hen Hunt – Maze for Kids by Busy Things Limited, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/super-hen-hunt-maze-for-kids/id1269053210, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $1.99. Fun way to target Core Vocabulary (go, turn, look, open, help, open, etc…) plus directional concepts (forward, back, right, left).
  60. The Zwuggels – Beach Holidays and Treasure Hunt by Ploosh GmbH, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-zwuggels-beach-holidays-and-treasure-hunt/id1143084088, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-zwuggels-beach-holidays-and-treasure-hunt/id1143084088, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99. Full review & list of Core Vocabulary in each section of the game: https://bit.ly/2FhhNRW
  61. Toca Boca apps (lots of great apps…. here are some of my faves: Toca Pet Doctor, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/toca-pet-doctor/id808108897, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $3.99; Toca Tea Party, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/toca-tea-party/id424174500, iPad only, iOS 10.0 or later, $3.99; Toca Train, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/toca-train/id521640355, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $3.99; Toca Kitchen Monsters, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/toca-kitchen-monsters/id510301841, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, FREE; Toca Hair Salon Me, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/toca-hair-salon-me/id730873197, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $3.99; Toca Store, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/toca-store/id442705759, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $3.99; Toca Dance Free, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/toca-dance-free/id1091215595, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, FREE (there is also a full version of the app for $3.99))
  62. Toddlers: Round and round by Droplace, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/toddlers-round-and-round/id1195530606, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE
  63. Wee Taps apps (a few faves… Wee Trains, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/wee-trains/id1040501662, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $2.99; Wee Subs, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/wee-subs/id583712953, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $2.99; Moon Tunes – Music Player For Kids, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/moon-tunes-music-player-for-kids/id928624034, iPad only, iOS 7.1 or later, FREE)
  64. Where Is My Little Square Bear? by Eli Hooper, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/where-is-my-little-square-bear/id1200609756, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, FREE (see this post for free printables that I made for this app: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2020/07/17/free-app-pdf-with-8-pages-of-free-printables-to-target-core-vocabulary-articulation-rhyming-created-by-angela-moorad-ms-ccc-slp-omazing-kids/)
  65. WoodieHoo Pirates by RTL DISNEY Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/woodiehoo-pirates/id1459250037, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, currently FREE (also: WoodieHoo Dress Up: Animal Fun, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/woodiehoo-dress-up-animal-fun/id1450403346, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, currently FREE; WoodieHoo Birthday Party, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/woodiehoo-birthday-party/id1475606131, iOS Universal, iOS 12.0 or later, currently FREE; WoodieHoo Animal Friends World, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/woodiehoo-animal-friends-world/id1354902296, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE)
  66. Yammy Yam by VLADIMIR KRUCHININ, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/yammy-yam/id1240704838, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE

For older kids & teens, I also use a variety of sports-themed and game apps:

  1. Air Hockey by Acceleroto, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/air-hockey/id286106725, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $.99
  2. Basketball Arcade Pro by Buildandteach Media, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/basketball-arcade-pro/id1495596014, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, currently FREE
  3. Battle Pinball by Tuokio Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/battle-pinball/id1316894856, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE
  4. Do Not Touch (by Nickelodeon) by Nickelodeon, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/do-not-touch-by-nickelodeon/id1355139969, iOS Universal, iOS 11.0 or later (an AR app that works on compatible devices), FREE
  5. Galaxy Bowling by Jason Allen, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/galaxy-bowling/id441222559, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $3.99
  6. iBasket Pro- Street Basketball by Ludei, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ibasket-pro-street-basketball/id370402172, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $2.99
  7. Sprinkle Junior by Mediocre AB, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sprinkle-junior/id474724068, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $1.99
  8. Thinkrolls by AVOKIDDO, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/thinkrolls/id917176209, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $3.99
  9. Thinkrolls 2 by AVOKIDDO, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/thinkrolls-2/id968707176, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $3.99
  10. Unicorn Glitterluck by HABA by Fox and Sheep GmbH, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/unicorn-glitterluck-by-haba/id1051209606, iOS Universal, iOS 11.0 or later, $3.99
  11. World Cup Soccer by Inclusive Technology Ltd, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/world-cup-soccer/id1236162636, iPad only, iOS 6.0 or later, $2.99

And for those who love using Boom Cards there are several great decks targeting Core Vocabulary.

In case anyone needs help getting started with Boom Cards:

1. Sign up for the free Starter account: https://wow.boomlearning.com

2. Install the free app on your iPad. Boom Cards by Omega Labs, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/boom-cards/id1041141473, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, FREE). If you use an Android tablet look for the app in the Google Play App Store.

3. Then start searching through their store for Boom Card decks. There are lots of great free ones. Every Friday you can search by “flashfridayfreebie” and find several. But you can find others just by looking through the store. It’s kind of like Teachers Pay Teachers in that many of the creators have at least one free item. The “paid” ones are on a point system. Many of the sellers over on TPT also have Boom Cards there. When you download one there it will contain a link to unlock the deck over on the Boom Learning site.

4. I haven’t tried creating my own Boom Card decks yet so I don’t know how easy it is… I just recently started looking at them to see what all the buzz was about.

5. If you’ve followed my page for many years and have used lots of apps, Boom Cards seem to be the fad right now (like when apps first came out). But even the best Boom Card decks that I’ve seen aren’t anywhere near the quality of a well designed app. It will be interesting to see how sustainable Boom Cards will be since most of the folks are looking for free decks.
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Looking for apps to target other goals? Take a look at this post…. some of those apps are no longer available but it’s at least a good starting point: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/12/31/the-ipad-the-slp-in-2017-app-list-for-slps-sorted-by-goal-area/ (I’m in the process of working on a new version of that post but it will be awhile since there are so many apps to go through)
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It took me quite a bit of time to compile this list so please mention OMazing Kids when sharing it on social media and do not copy/paste it onto other blogs or documents or upload it to servers. I have it available here on my blog and plan on keeping my blog up for the foreseeable future.

Thanks,

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC
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